Victim's brother: Wait for execution 'never-ending'

Tony Williams has waited 28 years to see the man who murdered his little sister put to death.

But his wait is not over. The Tennessee Supreme Court announced Wednesday more questions about the lethal injection drug must be answered before they move forward with Billy Ray Irick's execution.

"His appeals were exhausted so I felt like we were done. We finally reached the end of the line. I made arrangements to take off that day to go to Nashville to be there," Tony Williams, who lives in Halls, said. "I found out this morning on your news channel it had been moved."

Irick was convicted in the 1985 rape and murder of Paula Dyer, 7. Williams was just 12 years old at the time. He said all he has left of her are memories and her memorial.

"She made straight As. She was the most loving child you will ever meet in your life," Williams said. "You think about her often. A lot. Especially now at Christmas."

Irick's execution was originally scheduled for January 15. It has been postponed until October 7.

"It's never-ending. It just seems like it never ends," he said. "With the lethal injections they don't want him to suffer. It needs to be instantaneous. Her's wasn't instantaneous. By no means. Hours and hours it lasted."

He said his grandmother never got her dying wish.

"It was her life's goal to outlive Billy Ray Irick and she didn't achieve that," he said.

But he hopes he sees the day when Irick's life is taken.


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